Coming off four successive wins for Roma they prepare for the biggest match of their entire season. Roma currently hold a two-point advantage in front of fourth-place Lazio and a four-point advantage in front of 5th Place Inter Milan. With two games left only one point is required to secure Champions League however Roma still very much want that third spot so they can go into next year’s campaign automatically as well as finishing ahead of their noisy neighbors. This match will be no small task this is as big as it gets. This week Juventus come to town to try to confirm their seventh consecutive scudetto. This is a massive match for both teams a win here for Roma basically gives them third place on a platter. While a win or Draw for Juventus will confirm a league title. Last time these two teams met at Juventus Stadium it ended up being a narrow 1-0 Win for Juventus. However Roma had a lot of changes in that game and the score could have been different. The last two times Juventus has come to the Olimpico they have lost. There is no motivation needed for either one of these teams I have often referred to this game as Italy’s El Clasico. Now it’s not the most competitive game like the one in Spain is but in terms of animosity and hate this is and desire to compete this is as big as it gets. A lot of things are at stake in this game with only two games left this game is largely important both teams come into this in great form and I suspect we will see a battle Max Allegri and Eusebio di Francesco will have their teams ready fight until the final whistle.
While Roma are an excellent form over the last few weeks really playing their best football of the season they will be slightly short-handed for this game. However that does not mean it will be easy for Juventus because of Roma have a lot of depth throughout their squad they will use to their advantage in this match. Diego Perotti and Kevin strootman are still questionable whether they will be able to return for this match it’s sort of up in the air at this point but it’s possible they could be without them. Also in addition to that Kostas Manolas has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a thigh injury it’s could be a big blow for Roma the Center back typically performs to his top level against Juventus. However the good news is on the way as well as Roma’s young Dutch Center back Rick karsdorp has been cleared to play I still find it unlikely that he will start but he will be available for this match. I suspect Roma will go with a youthful attacking side against this Beast from Turin this group has proven to have the ability to play together and dominate games despite their elimination from the Champions League in that second leg they dominated Liverpool and took Mohamed Salah out of the game he was uneffective if they can do this in this game it will take them great strides to where they want to go. I see a very strong young attack with this team with a veteran in the mix. I expect that Roma will line up with Edin Dzeko Patrik Schick and Cengiz Under. I think this is the best Trio that they can put up in this game. Patrik Schick had a great chance to score in the last game and I think very much he’d like to bury his demons he has really come on the last few weeks and has proven that he can play at this level. While Dzeko remains hot having scored in five out of his last six games he could be a big problem. As well as the Young Turk Cengiz Under who since 2018 has arguably been the best player in the league. He has proven to be able to score in some big games and I don’t know if he will score on this one but he has proven he had the ability to do so. I see a very strong Midfield they will play with the veteran experience I reckon Daniele De Rossi Radja Nainggolan and I would give Gerson a go in this game. That might be a risk but I think it’s a good one he is proven to be able to play at that level and they have a Lorenzo Pellegrini on the bench and ready when his time comes. The defense will be practically the same I would say the only difference I think we’ll see is Juan Jesus instead of Kostas manolas. Then obviously Allison in goal who has been tremendous this season and will be crucial in this game. Overall Roma have the Defence Midfield to go mono e mono with Juventus. There’s a lot a big time players in this team but the key player for me in this game without a doubt be world-class Belgian Radja Nainggolan. Roma’s Belgian is one of the best midfielders in the world without a shadow of a doubt not only that he cannot stand Juventus he hates them and his displeasure for them will rise him to have one of the best games of his season he will be a massive of this Roma team who will try to delay Juventus’s title. He will cause big problems and Juventus will probably have to adjust just to try and contain what he will bring he will attack and he will give service if he has space and time to operate this could be bad news for the league champions.
The old lady are on the cusp of a seven consecutive scudettos they just need a point over the last two games to really seal it and they still will probably win the league even if they lose both. They were coming off a Coppa Italia demolishing against AC Milan they again find themselves in great form. However they are going into a place where they have struggled over the last five seasons I’m not saying that cannot win but things have not come easy to them at the stadio olimpico in recent time. However there’s the other side of this we’re Roma have been really not that great at home which could play in an advantage for Juventus. This team is in great form and very much would like to wrap up this league title as soon as possible they are clearly going to win it however they just want to get this over with and give Buffon one last title before we say goodbye to the greatest goalkeeper in football history. Roma are motivated for this one but so are Juventus they have to live with the fact that Roma got further than them in the Champions League after losing one of their best players. They have to live with the fact that Roma collected more Revenue than Juventus. Three things are important to Juventus European success winning being the top earners in Italy. They have failed on almost all accounts they will be motivated because two things are of those are true. This team is in great form and Max allegri could be departing for the Arsenal job at the end of the season so it’s not only important to him but his players to give him the best send-off possible. However if you don’t think about that here’s what’s important to know Juventus is Italian football they have a great system they have a great philosophy and they have class players that know how to win big games this is something they have done despite losing to Napoli and Lazio this season they deliver against the big teams. Just as we saw it against Inter Milan they turned a loss into a win scoring two goals in the last 4 minutes. This is the character in the type of team this is this is the reason why they’ve been so successful it’s not been luck it’s not been controversy it has been their system it just works. Against Roma they have a great chance to win and are favorites but it is important not to underestimate what Roma can do Juve has a talent but Roma may have the heart tactically they have to find a way to poke holes in Romans attack and defense. The key player in this matchup is a familiar face The crucial player for me is Miralem Pjanic. Much like Radja Nainggolan and he is considered one of the best in the world at his position he’s quite clearly a world-class player a player. He played for Roma for Five Seasons before doing the ultimate betrayal and heading down to Turin he’s never played great against Roma since his departure two years ago. However I still think he’s a crucial player given his relationship with both clubs given the fact this was his home stadium for five years he knows how to win games it has been tough for him at the stadium since but I think it’s possible we might see an extraordinary performance from Pjanic he is crucial.Another key will be Dybala off the bench that could be dangerous late in the game.
Here is what we know we know that Juventus is on the verge of their seventh consecutive scudetto. We know that both Roma and Juventus are coming into this game in the extraordinary form. Roma are coming off an extraordinary Champions League campaign one that will be remembered for ages in this city. While Juventus completed the first half of their double winning the cup just a few days ago both teams believe they can win and to me it will come down to a few things. This game it is Pedigree and experience versus the underdog with heart. Juventus knows how to win League titles they are a machine in this league the Gap is getting smaller and smaller but they continue to win. While Roma haven’t won a league title in 15 years despite that this team has been underestimated throughout the entire season in the league and in Europe no one believed in them but that didn’t matter because they believed in themselves. On paper Juventus is a far superior team and no one’s going to argue against that but games aren’t won on paper this Roma team understands the importance of points at this stage of the season they do not want to finish behind their neighbors and they do not want to finish without a Champions League spot. This will be a tough battle for both teams in one of the best matches of the entire season Italy El Clasico as I like to call it. it will be a tough battle for both these teams favorites don’t even matter at this stage both these teams have some of the desire both these teams have something they need to get done. For Roma that is Champions League football for Juventus it’s another league title. Roma are not particularly good at home this season And Juventus is very good on the road however I think all that gets thrown out. This is about pride and this is about fighting adversity. No team has fought through more adversity in the last 12 months then Roma it will come out here with fight and they will not fear them they will not be afraid they’re going to go for blood. Juventus has not come to the stadium and won in the last 2 years. This will be the toughest match of this season but I believe Roma will make it three straight wins at the Stadio Olimpico against Juventus. Juventus has the quality but I believe Roma has the fight and that will be the difference.
Roma’s Projected starting 11 4-3-3
GK: Alisson Becker
DEF: Alex Kolarov, Federico Fazio, Juan Jesus, Alexandro Florenzi
DEF: Danielle De Rossi,Gerson, Radja Nainggolan
Front Three: Cengiz Under, Patrik Schick , Edin Dzeko
Manager: Eusebio Di Francesco
Juventus’s Projected starting 11 4-3-3
DEF: Alex Sandro,Barzagli, Benatia, Chiellini
MID: Matuidi, Pjanic, Khedira
ATT: Costa, Higuain, Mandzukic
Manager: Max Algeri
Juventus’s Miralem Pjanic and Roma’s Radja Nainggolan
Date: Sunday, May 13th, 2018
Venue: Stadio Olompico, Rome
Kickoff: 1:45PM (USA) 7:45PM (ENG), 8:45PM (ITA)
TV Broadcast: Sky Itaila, BEINSports